PANGAIA uses food waste for dyeing clothes

Materials science brand PANGAIA recently launched a new capsule collection of its 365 signature sweatshirts and sweatpants, but this time each garment has been expertly dyed from food waste. This new innovation is a continuation of the brand’s ongoing efforts to develop sustainable dyeing solutions, offering less water-intensive alternatives and requiring no harmful chemicals.

Developed with Japanese company Toyoshima & Co, the responsible food dye technology uses food waste from food companies, farms and cafes to create a unique dye solution. The color is extracted from food residue and applied directly to the wire, minimizing waste in the process. With a focus on ingredients like matcha, rooibos, and blueberry, the new capsule features a muted, neutral color palette of light greens, oranges, and purples.

The Food Dye capsule comes shortly after PANGAIA released its Re-Color capsule, where the brand used its scraps to create dyes. Continuing its commitment to innovation, PANGAIA is set to introduce five new plant-based fabrics, including FLWRDWN Lite made from wildflowers, PANettle (a selvedge denim blend made from Himalayan nettle), PANhemp and FRUTFIBER hemp-based material, which reuses banana leaf fiber, pineapple leaf fiber and bamboo in an innovative new fabric.

Its final offering is PLNTFIBER, a blend of four fast-growing botanicals that require no pesticides, fertilizers, or irrigation, including Himalayan Nettle Fiber, Bamboo Lyocell, and Eucalyptus Lyocell. encrusted with algae.

Take a look at the new capsule above, now available for purchase on the PANGAIA website.